Report - Former Arsenal transfer target unhappy in Italy

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Former Arsenal transfer target Fernando Llorente is reportedly unhappy in Serie A with Juventus.

The huge Spanish striker has made just one sub appearance for Juventus and according to latest reports, he’s not at all happy about it.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to have much faith in the 28-year-old, which triggered a report from Spanish TV show Punto Pelota, which suggested that Barcelona and Real Madrid are now closely monitoring the situation.

Both Spanish sides are reportedly ready to offer the former Athletic Bilbao star a way out of Italy with potential loan deals this January but there is no reason Arsenal can’t come back into the equation.

Arsene Wenger may have pulled off a superb deal to sign Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil but one of the key areas he wasn’t able to address was the centre forward position.

The Gunners are still looking for an imposing striker who can provide back up to Olivier Giroud as well as playing alongside Arsenal’s in form front man.

If Conte doesn’t see a place in his Juventus side for Llorente or if he has a problem with the Spaniard, for whatever reason, then the Serie A giants could be open to the idea of a permanent deal just a few months after signing him.

Considering the recent reports that Arsenal were ready to give Arsene Wenger £40 million to spend this January, it may be an opportunity the manager deems too good to overlook.

Juventus signed him on a free contract when his deal with Bilbao ran out at the end of last season. That means they won't be looking to claw back any original fee but his contract does run until 2017, which increases the chance Juventus could still demanda hefty fee in any permanent transfer deal.

That means Arsenal will be competitive and have some room to manoeuvre in terms of price, if Barcelona and Real Madrid react and start making official bids instead of the possibility of a short term loan deal.

However, the major disadvantage that Arsenal would face if Llorente wanted to move this January is the fact the club plays in England.

With the World Cup next summer, one of the main motivations for players moving this winter will be to catch the attention of their national sides and Llorente would arguably have a better chance of doing that in Spain than in England.

What do you think? Would Llorente be a good signing for the Gunners?

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